The Princes William and Harry threw a surprise party for their father last week at a small bistro in Klosters, the ski resort in Switzerland where the three men have been bonding for a week. The evening was filled with loads of toasts and the good-natured ribbing brought tears of joy to Charles’ eye. The dinner featured fondue and raclette with potatoes, onions and bacon, served with red wine and champagne for the tiny group, which included William’s girlfriend, Kate Middleton, wearing slim black trousers and a matching blouse. William and his girlfriend are getting cozier and cozier.

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Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal have said that, after two years of dating, they are making plans to marry on the Jersey shore where Kirsten grew up. They also confess they made up their well-publicized breakup last fall in order to avoid unwanted attention and they were really together the whole time. That is so cute.

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In London the rumors go that there may be a spot of trouble in the engagement of Jude Law and Sienna Miller and that the wedding has been put on hold because Sienna wants more time to decide if she wants to settle down at the ripe old age of 23. She may have spent three months of this year with Jude in New Orleans, but it should also be noted that Jude is still a long way from finalizing his divorce from Sadie Frost, who wants $20 million to set him free.

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Back home in Sydney, Nicole Kidman, with a lot of spare time on her hands due to the last-minute cancellation of the movie “Eucalyptus,” which she was to make with Russell Crowe, is not twiddling her thumbs. She has been studying Middle Eastern history and geography with a tutor and she’s taken up cooking. She can now do lamb shanks and homemade gnocchi, praise be. “It’s wonderful to be able to go to the fish market and choose your dinner,” she says. How thrilling.

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She has also been studying photography in preparation for her role as Diane Arbus, the legendary photographer of the Fifties and Sixties, in the biographical film “Fur,” which she’ll shoot this summer in New York with Robert Downey Jr. Nicole may well take off her clothes as she has done before because part of “Fur” will be shot in nudist camps where the photographer took many of her pictures. Arbus’ original photographs can currently be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has mounted a major exhibition of her work, featuring those nudes. Angelica Torn, the daughter of Rip Torn and the late Geraldine Page, is talking to producers about playing the head of the camp. I can wait if you can.

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Oscar de la Renta, Lilly Pulitzer, Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen and Betsey Johnson have all designed one-of-a-kind doghouses for the ASPCA’s Annual Bergh Ball, to be held at the Plaza on April 21. The designers’ creations will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s at the benefit, the last black-tie gala held at the hotel before its conversion to condominiums. Sob. Linda Fargo, Bergdorf Goodman’s renowned window designer, will design canine-themed vignettes for the store’s 58th Street windows that will be unveiled Thursday and in which the houses will be displayed. Also front and center will be Edwin Sayre, the organization’s president. If you’re wondering why this gala is called the Bergh Ball, it’s because Henry Bergh founded the ASPCA in 1866 and today it’s one of the world’s largest organizations dedicated to the humane treatment of animals, with over a million supporters.

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Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria will follow in the path of Jennifer Aniston, Beyoncé and Natalie Imbruglia as the new face of L’Oréal. Longoria, who has signed a $2 million contract with the cosmetics giant, has been chosen for her lovely face and figure and her mane of glossy hair. She says she was not always the swan people think she is now. Her sisters referred to her as the “dark, ugly one” and people used to walk up to her mother and say: “Your daughters are all so beautiful — and who is this?” as they pointed at Eva. Well, she who laughs last, laughs best. For more on this story, see page 26.

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We all know Penélope Cruz found new love with her co-star, Matthew McConaughey, while making “Sahara,” but did you know she also grew fond of another member of the cast? She really became friends with her camel. “I would talk to him and he would answer. At the end of the day I would ask for extra time so we could gallop around the desert. I loved it.” They do say love happens when you least expect it.

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Cameron Diaz is helping her boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, gather steam in his movie career. Justin has been approached by Bruce Willis to play the son of his character, John McCleane, in “Die Hard 4.0.” Bruce got to know Justin while they were both making the new movie “Alpha Dog,” which is about to hit a theater near you. It’s been said that Jessica Simpson auditioned for the role of Bruce’s daughter, but hasn’t been offered a contract, at least not yet. Let us pray.

Anyhow, Jessica says that until she met her husband, Nick Lachey, she was never comfortable with her looks and had to build her self-esteem by sticking notes on her mirror saying: “You are beautiful in this skin.” It seems that after she fell madly in love with Nick and got married, her self-esteem picked right up because “he loves every inch of me. I realized I didn’t have to compete with anybody and people liked me for me — mess-ups and all.” If you say so, dearie.

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At the tender age of 20, Scarlett Johansson is already falling prey to the Hollywood image because, to her, it seems, everybody in Hollywood is “so damn beautiful. It’s hard not to feel under pressure. I already use antiaging products — I have an obsessive character. I manicure my nails at three in the morning because nobody else can do it right.” Three in the morning? Maybe she needs more sleep.

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